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penetrative

[pen-i-trey-tiv] /ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to penetrate; piercing.
2.
acute; keen.
Origin of penetrative
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin penetrātīvus. See penetrate, -ive
Related forms
penetratively, adverb
penetrativeness, penetrativity
[pen-i-truh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌpɛn ɪ trəˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unpenetrative, adjective
unpenetratively, adverb
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  • She was pulled this way and that by sensibilities both inspiring to blind gratitude and quickening her penetrative view.

  • Her comments on people were saltily satiric and penetrative of accepted hypocrisies.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • Indigo extract is notable for its level dyeing and penetrative properties, but it is not fast to light or milling.

  • While speaking, he still bent his penetrative eye upon them, nor withdrew it till they had reached the bottom of the stairs.

  • The postmaster was only acquainted up to then with the penetrative power of the local weapon.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • The most independent and most penetrative imagination is not by any means a free agent.

    Engraving for Illustration Joseph Kirkbride
  • Some are able to draw conclusions well from a few premisses, and this shows a penetrative intellect.

  • While speaking he still bent his penetrative eye upon them, nor withdrew it till they had reached the bottom of the stairs.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • You feel, with regard to the foregoing criticism, that it is as just as it is penetrative.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson

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